Peripheral Neuropathy and Cold Laser
Peripheral Neuropathy, or the numbness and pain caused by nerve damage in the hands and feet, can be caused by many factors. When the blood supply to the nerve is affected, the nerve fibers that are responsible for pain conduction are damaged and can cause a loss of sensation and create burning and tingling for the patient. This can occur in the hands and arms, but most commonly it is seen in the feet and legs.
Most treatments currently in use for neuropathy are geared towards treating the symptoms and not to cure the problem. These treatments help lessen the symptoms to make the disease more manageable for the patient; however, they usually involve prescription medications that mask the disease rather than treating it. Recent research has shown that Cold Laser Therapy can help treat the underlying causes of neuropathy and help with symptom management.
Cold Laser Therapy helps by actually stimulating microcirculation around the nerve fibers, which increases blood flow to the nerves and helps to heal and reduce neuropathic pain. Laser light energy penetrates the skin and stimulates increased oxygen on a cellular level. This increase in microcirculation around the nerve has been shown to help regenerate fibers and help heal peripheral nerves. Cold Laser Therapy is painless and has been proven to decrease neuropathy, decrease inflammation and aide in the healing of wounds and tendons.
-Written by Dr. Bradley Gipson, DPM